HELLO! Goodness it

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HELLO! Goodness it

HELLO! Goodness it has been a while!  

I can't say that I'm back, but I'm here to visit at least! How is everyone? How are you, Admins? I've missed you guys :) 

What have you all been up to as of late? I have been extremely busy these last few months. I've spent the majority of my time drawing, writing, reading and doing odds and ends. Somehow I've managed to keep busy...which is why I kind of vanished from the CB. Sorry about that. 

I wrote a script for a play which is actually being performed in my homeschool group, which is crazy cool. I also wrote another novel last summer, which was pretty sweet.  And yet again I'm writing. I'm doing NaNoWriMo, and shooting for 50k. Is anyone else writing this month? I would love to hear about your WIPs!

As far as art goes, I drew a commission for a lovely person I know, completed Inktober and completed one and a half sketchbooks since last I was on here. Did anyone else do Inktober? I'm sure lots of you did, you wonderfully creative people! 

Reading...well let us just say the time I haven't spent drawing and writing I've spent reading. I'm actually looking for some YA contemporary novels. Does anyone have suggestions? 

And lastly for the miscellaneous things that I've been up to that, may or may not, be important enough to find a place on this short summary of my life. I've taken up ukulele, which is totally awesome (I'm not very good though)! I've tried pottery, which is AMAZING and I started doing contra dance. Are there any other contra-ers on the CB? I also turned sixteen, which seems kind of old...?

Anyway, enough about me! What about YOU folks? What have you been up to? What have I missed? What is the gossip around the CB these days?  

I'm doing well, thank you. I believe there is an Inktober thread somewhere on Chatterbox. Today was the first online Cricket Trivia contest. Did any of you participate? We are fast approaching February 14, 2019, the date when former CBers are supposed to come back for a visit.



submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 14, 2018 - 8:56 pm)

Hi Silver!!! So glad you stopped in. Wow, you’ve been busy. I did like one inktober drawing and then forgot. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and I really liked Sparrow by Sarah Moon. It’s a YA novel and it has a sprinkling of mild language and more mature ideas, but ignoring that it’s a really good story and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone 13+. My iPad is dying so I have to end this but just wanted to say hi :)

submitted by Jwyn, age 13, The Realm of Creativity
(November 14, 2018 - 10:08 pm)

Hi! I have to say, I don't remember you that well, but it's always nice to have an older CBer come back! There was another impersonator war a month or so ago, but that's over. There's been a mysterious wave of new CBers who make an introductory post and then leave, too. And a bunch of weird, enigmatic stories on the Inkwell. But that's pretty much it. Nice to see you again, Silver!

submitted by Agent Winter, age Classified
(November 15, 2018 - 9:54 am)

Hello! I remember you, but I don't believe that we ever really talked that much. Thank you for the warm welcome and the news of the CB! Honestly it doesn't sound like the CB has changed that much, haha!

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 15, 2018 - 3:14 pm)

Hey, Jwyn! Haha, I completely understand forgetting about inktober. This was the first year I ever completed it, and I'm honestly rather surprised that I did. Thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely have to look into Sparrow. I have to go too, but it is really great to see you again! 

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 15, 2018 - 3:10 pm)

Oh, yeah, Sparrow was a good book.

submitted by coyotedomino, age 15, Panthalassa
(November 15, 2018 - 10:27 pm)

SIL VER WAX WIIIIING!!!! *Tackle hugs* I missed you! Stop disappearing, okay???

submitted by Rogue Wildling
(November 15, 2018 - 11:52 am)

*hugs back* Thank you! I will try not to be as absent in the future. 

My CAPTCHA says 'moon.'  

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 19, 2018 - 8:57 pm)

Hi! Nice to see you again. 

I most certainly did do Inktober. I'm pretty sure the thread is on Pudding's Place? It was somewhat exhausting, which is part of why I'm not doing NaNo. Two month-long challenges in a row would have been too much. 

I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to, but I've been meaning to look up The Knight in Rusty Armor and The 21 Escapes of Lt. Alastair Cram. Nimona is an excellent graphic novel... The Witch Boy can join it there. Hmm, what else? The Water Mirror, maybe? I suppose that's not contemporary. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is, though. I Am Princess X, Six Feet Over It, Onyx & Ivory if you're into that sort of gritty fantasy... Ooh, Shadowshaper is a good one. 

I personally have been doing homework! Lots and lots of homework. I'm procrastinating right now. There's the usual AE drama. My Nymph has two suitors at once. Has that ever happened before, an AE love angle? It must have at some point... Lots of picturing threads have been popping up in the past couple of months. I'm going to switch procrastination methods by working on some submissions to my own now.

submitted by Viola?, age Secret, Secret
(November 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm)


Its been ages! That’s suuuuper cool that you managed to write an entire play, and get enough people behind it to perform it. 


I do have some book recommendations but they are far from contemporary YA. I’m gonna say em anyway just in case you’re interested:

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermere, it’s a really weird book about a bunch of scientists who go check out a mysterious alien area in a forest, but it’s secrety a philosophical story about humanity.


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielezwki (there is no way I spelled that right). This is another wierd one about a family that moves into an old house only to find its much bigger on the inside than in the outside. A little spooky but also really well written.



submitted by General Waffleson , The Breakfast Kingdom
(November 15, 2018 - 7:16 pm)

Oh hey, I've read Annihalation! It's sort of creepy but very cool. There's a sequel called Authority, which is much longer and perhaps even a bit creepier despite being almost completely different. 

submitted by Viola?, age Secret, Secret
(November 16, 2018 - 8:17 am)

Wafflesonnnn! It's good to see you again! How have you been and what are you up to these days?

Thank you, but I think you give me more credit than I should have, haha! The play was only 6,750 words and I actually wrote it because there were a group of people who wanted to put on a play...so essentially the actors came long before the script. Plus I had help setting up the plot and editing, so I can't take all the credit! But thank you! 

I'm always interested in another book! My goodness, both those sound enthralling and extremely interesting! I'm definitely interested in something that secretly gets philosophical about humanity! Thank you for the suggestions! 


submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 28, 2018 - 5:45 pm)

That's wonderful! I'm sure your inktober drawings were absolutely amazing! I found it rather exhausting too, but I'm glad I did it! Did you follow the official inktober prompts? 

Thank you for all the book suggestions! I haven't heard of any of them, but I'm about to go look them up!

Well what do you know, I'm actually procrastinating and avoiding doing homework too! Apparently the CB is a great place to do that... Oh my! an AE love angle? Goodness, I'm not sure if I've heard of that before...but I feel like I have...somewhere...? Haha! 

It's nice to see you too, Viola?! Thank you for the warm welcome!  

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 28, 2018 - 5:36 pm)

Hi there! 

You might not know me- I never made an introduction thread. Anyways, Hi! My life is pretty boring, so there's not much I can tell you. I have four AEs (I know, I know, breaking the rules and all), and my writing is decent-ish, but my art is horrid.

As for YA novels, if you're okay with swearing and inappropriate stuff, The Second Life of Ava Rivers is really good.

Welcome back! 

submitted by Soren Infinity, age 27 eons, BeaconTown
(November 15, 2018 - 8:41 pm)

Hey! I do actually remember you! Thank you for the warm welcome.

Oh AEs! How I missed this! 

Hello, hello! My name is Key! I'm Silver's first AE and I look forward to meeting you all! I'm a girl by the way, just to clarify. 

Hello. *waves* My name is Storm, I'm Key's twin brother. 



Oh sorry. Hello.

*sighs* The bold is Lock Kyar. Everyone calls him Lock and he ALWAYS has his nose in a book these days...BORING!

Thank you again for the warm welcome and for the book suggestion!  

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(November 28, 2018 - 5:50 pm)

Hey, Silverwaxwing! 

Whoa. You've been busy with a lot.

If you want YA books with lots of heart, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is one of my favorite books of all time.(Seriously. Read it.) They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera is amazing as well. If you're looking for more fantasy/adventure, the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs is good, though I haven't got to read the fourth book (it just came out this year, unexpectedly) yet. I'm told Divided We Fall is to die for, but I haven't read it yet.

submitted by coyotedomino, age 15, Asteroide B612
(November 15, 2018 - 10:33 pm)